A collection during or after a service is a simple idea that your congregation will be familiar with. Why not use our service ideas to theme your service around Farm Africa’s work and inspire everyone to donate?
The Farm Africa twist: Pass round an African bowl or basket, or perhaps even a farmer’s welly instead of the traditional collection plate.
Coming together over hot drinks is something that communities do across the world. You could organise a one-off event and combine it with a cake sale, or arrange a series of mornings, perhaps once a month, with the proceeds donated to Farm Africa.
The Farm Africa twist: You could include elements from an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Ethiopia's coffee ceremony is an integral part of social and cultural life. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of Ethiopian hospitality. Don't rush - this special ceremony can take a few hours. Sit back and enjoy because it is most definitely not instant.
There are articles online describing a traditional ceremony, although you may want to adapt the finer details to suit your event. Roasting the beans from scratch may not be feasible, but including a savoury snack such as popcorn is a nice nod to coffee’s Ethiopian roots.
Who doesn’t love cake? A cake sale is always sure to go down well and it’s amazing how much flour power can raise. You could have a simple sale after church one Sunday, or plan a special event, perhaps combined with a coffee morning or community sale on a Saturday. Make sure you give potential bakers plenty of notice and remember not to undersell their hard work!
The Farm Africa twist: Make some cakes and sweet treats using the crops grown by our farmers. We have a variety of sweet potato recipes for you to try or you could come up with your own recipes.
This could be a plant, cake, craft or bring and buy sale. Or perhaps even a mix of all of them if you have enough volunteers. With a little bit of planning this is a great way to bring your whole community together and help farmers in Africa at the same time.
A common fundraising idea at Lent, this idea can also work well at any other time of the year too. Challenge members of your congregation to raise sponsorship in return for giving up their favourite food or drink for a set amount of time. Chocolate, coffee, or cake are always high on peoples lists for what they would give up. What will it be in your church?
The Farm Africa twist: Take the challenge to the next level and see if your congregation could live below the poverty line for five days. In those five days, each person spends just £1 a day on all their food and drink. Tougher than it sounds, and a truly eye-opening way to see just how important Farm Africa’s work is for farmers who live on less than £1 a day.
Don’t forget to tell us about your fundraising plans so we can offer you help and advice. If you send us photos of your fundraising, you might even see your church appear in our fundraisers hall of fame.
If you have any further questions about fundraising for Farm Africa, or to order fundraising resources such as posters and balloons to help you, please contact us on email@example.com or 020 7430 0440.
We believe that praying for the less fortunate is important, but actual practical help is essential. Just providing food, although sometimes essential, doesn't help to solve the problem long term.
Mary Bonner, Langbank Church